Thai Chicken BBQ

This recipe tastes like something you would get at a Thai restaurant and it is absolutely delicious! Make it for a date night or even an appetizer for a fancy party! It is a very interactive meal. See note at bottom for making this recipe cheaper and more realistic for large families.
1 small bunch fresh cilantro, preferably with the roots, washed and dried
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
3 Tbs fish sauce
2 cloves garlic, smashed
4 boneless chicken breast halves skin on or off
1 head leaf or butter lettuce, washed and dried
1/2 cucumber cut into thin half moons
1 small bunch mint, washed and dried (optional, but I love it, J doesn't)
1 recipe Thai Sweet and Sour Chili Dipping Sauce
4 Tbs chopped roasted peanuts (optional, omit if necessary)
Bunch of Green onion

Divide the bunch of cilantro in half and coarsely chop one of the halves. Cut off the stems of the other half. Combine the chopped half with the garlic, fish sauce and black pepper in a blender or food processor and process to a paste (add olive oil if needed). Pour over the chicken and toss well to coat. Marinate for at least 2 hours or, ideally, overnight.

Preheat the barbecue or broiler to medium-high. Cook the chicken 4-5 minutes on each side until the skin is crisp and the chicken is cooked all the way through.

Arrange the lettuce, cucumber mint and remaining half of the cilantro on a large platter. Slice the green onion down the length of the plant. Then cut in half. Pieces should curl slightly. Place on plate with other toppings. Place 4 tablespoons each of the sauce into 4 individual dipping bowls and sprinkle with the peanuts. Cut the chicken into 3/4-inch slices and place on the platter.

Take the chicken and toppings and wrap it in the lettuce. Dip in the sauce or pour sauce over top. Rice can be made as an accompaniment for this meal.

The chicken with marinade alone served with veggie sides and rice also is good. No need to take the effort to make the wraps, that is where this recipe can get expensive. We more times than no just eat the chicken with other sides.


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